The Metamorphosis, first published in 1915, is the most famous of Kafka's works, along with The Trial and The Castle. The story begins when a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa, wakes up to find himself transformed into a giant insect. Curiously, his condition does not arouse surprise in his family, who merely despise it as an impending burden. As with all of Kafka's works, The Metamorphosis is open to a wide range of interpretations. Most obvious are themes relating to society's treatment of those who are different, the loneliness of isolation, and the absurdity of the human condition. Newly designed and typeset for easy reading by Boomer Books.
Important Work, Absolutely Unacceptable Translation
By Danny Cooper "Danny Cooper" - February 22, 2009
Kafka's 'The Metamorphisis' is as an important story as any when it comes to short fiction, but this translation is completely inept. If you're looking into picking up this edition, I assume you know about the story or can at least look up information elsewhere. Let me just warn you that this translation is not even proofread. There are constant typos like "tilted" instead of "titled" and the like. There are also many repeated words and sentences that make no sense no matter how many times you read them. In short, DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION.
A treat for every reader
By Darrell Cozen "Chetvorno" - December 14, 2009
This is a book you have heard of, and you have probably heard that Kafka is weird or heavy; but what a surprise pleasure to read. An amazing science fiction story with a moral message. Lots of fun. I laughed so hard. Only problem was that it is too short.
Kafka is simply a genius...
By Medusa - June 5, 2008
Kafka never fit comfortably into society and felt alienated throughout his life; a disbeliever among Jews, a Jew among resentful society, an outcast son of an abusive dad, the only son among 3 sisters, a witness and participant to the bloated, bureaucratic Austro-Hungarian Empire, gasping its last breath of relevance.
Was Gregor Samasa another Kafka, who spent his life at a job he hates, taking care of his family and forgetting about himself, totally devoted to a routine he hated? Was Gregor's transformation into a bug actual or symbolic? Was the metamorphosis a symbol of the empty life that Gregor was living or was it a self portrait of Kafka? Was Gregor's conviction by his dear sister an act of mercy or cruelty? What was the significance of Gregor inability to express himself? Was he even ever heard before the transformation?
Whatever the reader's interpretation of the metamorphosis, it's, indeed, a genius work and worth reading over and over again
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